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Zcomms Daily Brief Saturday Sunday, November 26, 27, 2016

Call for Referendum on FATA rejected

Peshawar: The Pakhtunkhwa Ulasi Tehrik (PUT) and certain tribal elders on Saturday rejected a proposal floated by a former governor to hold a referendum to decide the future of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). The News  

They expressed severe resentment over the statement of former governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mehta Abbasi regarding referendum in FATA and asked the governor to apologize his statement in which he attempted to divide Pashtuns. “Being a senior politician and remaining on several key positions, it does not suit with former governor to issue such statement to shows his narrow mindedness”                        Business Recorder  

PESHAWAR: The Jamaat-i-Islami on Friday rejected the calls for holding referendum on the future of Fata and asked the federal government to immediately merge tribal areas with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. DAWN 

JI provincial chief Mushtaq Ahmad Khan told a news conference at the party secretariat here that the calls for holding referendum on Fata’s future were a lame excuse to delay the process of reforms in the tribal areas. Daily Aaj  

The news was also being carried by Business Recorder. Business Recorder

 FATA Reforms would be implemented according to local aspirations

PESHAWAR: Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said that the reforms in Fata would be implemented according to the wishes of the people of Fata to bring them into the national mainstream. The News    

Jhagra said the reforms in FATA would be introduced in accordance with the aspirations of the respective people and to start formal implementation there upon after formal approval by the parliament.                  The Nation  

The news was also being carried by  Daily Aaj 

The news was being carried by Daily Mashriq. Daily Jang  

 No Room for Referendum

Peshawar: Sikandar Hayat Sherpao senior leader of Qaumi Watan Party has said that there is no justification for holding referendum in FATA. Daily Aaj  

 FATA-KP merger should be before 2018 general election

PESHAWAR: Awami National Party (ANP) provincial president Ameer Haider Khan Hoti has demanded that Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (Fata) should be made part of KP before the 2018 elections.                 Business Recorder  

Bajaur: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Zakirullah demanded immediate merger of FATA into KP. Daily Aaj  

Buner: Insaf Lawyers Forum has demanded of the government to merge FATA into KP while its new should be Khyber Hazara.  Daily Aaj  

 KP-FATA merger opposed

PESHAWAR: Former MNA Hameed Ullah Jan on Friday has strongly opposed the merger of Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and demanded of the government to bestow on the tribal belt a separate province.

He asked the Fata Reforms Committee (FRC) Chairman Sartaj Aziz to apologize from the tribesmen for using rebellion word for tribal people. Tribal people neither made rebellion nor they are danger to the future of Pakistan but a very peace loving and allegiance to their country.  Daily Times  

He claimed that hardly 25 per cent tribal people favored merging of tribal areas into KP while the rest wanted a separate province.  The Nation  

The Fata Rationalization Policy, which was introduced in 2015 and is being implemented from retrospective date, must be reviewed as the situation is beyond control and the policy is not applicable/feasible in most of the agencies of Fata. The policy is also contradictory to the principles of natural justice. DAWN

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